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Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones (or Double Dragon III: The Rosetta Stone in Japan) was released on February 22, 1991 in Japan and North America. It is the third installment of the Double Dragon trilogy and it was based off on some arcade versions. As with the NES version of the second game, it was published by Technos in Japan and by Acclaim Entertainment in North America and the PAL region.

The NES version of Double Dragon III follows the same premise as the arcade version. However, the game's script was completely rewritten for its English localization, with Billy and Jimmy being given a motive to help out Hiruko search for the Sacred Stones by having Marion (the heroine from previous games) disappear again. The final boss, originally a revived Cleopatra in the arcade and Famicom versions, is now identified as a possessed version of Marion named Queen Noiram.

The NES version features different gameplay than its arcade counterpart. The player can now switch characters through a sub-screen. The player starts out as Billy or Jimmy Lee, but gains two additional characters after defeating them as bosses thorough the course of the game: Chin Seimei (a Chinese martial artist) and Yagyu Ranzou (a Japanese ninja). Each character has a secondary weapon that can be used for a limited time after equipping it from the sub-menu. In addition, the player can also use weapons from enemies like previous Double Dragon games. Each character has only one life and the game ends when all of them die (a single continue is available for the last two missions).

The NES version of Double Dragon III is notable for its typo of Billy's name as "Bimmy" in the opening intro of the 2 Players Mode. Also, the "America" setting in the first mission of the arcade version was corrected to the more accurate "U.S.A." setting.

AVGN episode[]

The episode, was first shown on September 22, 2006. It was the second time that the nerd could not show on-screen. It was also appeared in the Double Dragon Memories on Gametrailers.

The line "The characters' names are wrong" was shown from the full intro theme originated from this episode.

For the transcript, See Transcript of AVGN episode Double Dragon III